Shipshape East Anglia (SEA) acts as a focal point bringing together over 50 boat building companies and specialist suppliers across the region, as well as a range of vessels on the National Register of Historic Vessels. The SEA network is focussed around activities at a central hub as part of a Coastal Communities funded scheme, located at the International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) Lowestoft, which incorporates facilities from the adjacent Excelsior Trust yard.

Visit the Shipshape East Anglia (SEA) hub


Browse Projects in the East Anglia Region

The Excelsior Trust

International Boatbuilding Training College Ltd

IBTC Heritage - Commercial unit

Whisstocks project

Stem to Stern Heritage Training Project



Hannah Cunliffe - Director, National Historic Ships UK



Albion after refir 2009

Trading Wherry built 1898 by Brighton, William, Lake Lothing, Suffolk

Glenmoore - awaiting restoration

Pleasure Cruiser built 1966 by Moore, Wroxham

bow view

Broads Sailing Cruiser built 1966 by Powles, Jack


Wooden boatbuilder, clinker and carvel, bespoke interior fit-outs and re-fits, mobile workshop also available. Member of W.B.T.A.

Complete range of boatyard services:- marine engineering, steel work, shipwrights, boatbuilders, marine electrics and electronics, traditional and modern rigging, painters, yacht finishers, slipway and craneage, mudberths, hardstanding, covered hardstanding, UHP waterblasting and epoxy spraying, yacht transport and deliveries, yacht brokerage, new dinghies and launches, supply of new Beta engines/generators, engineering and electrical supplies, Mikuni heating, commercial paint and boatbuilding supplies - bulk orders or marine products.


We offer boatbuilding in wood, steel and GRP. Full marine engineering and marine electrics facilities using our own staff. Lifting up to 30 tons. Spar manufacture. Very experienced in restoration and major refits of historic and classic vessels. Please see our website for examples. Well stocked chandlery and brokerage service specialising in classic vessels.

Wooden boatbuilder, clinker and carvel, bespoke interior fit-outs and re-fits, mobile workshop also available. Member of W.B.T.A.


Maritime books published by Robert Simper can be used for references to restore a boat, research into traditional boats in coastal regions or just enjoy a good photographic record. Robert gives talks on maritime subjects and uses colour photographs as illustrations. He is very keen to keep traditional boats sailing.

CEproof is the global leader in CE marking for boats and related equipment, complying with the EU Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) and the Marine Equipment Directive (MED). With a reputation for customer excellence and an unparalleled technical knowledge of marine standards and legislation, CEproof is well positioned to provide standard and bespoke services for any requirement.

The Pioneer Skills Centre is a boatyard established to provide young people with the opportunity to learn boat building and restoration skills. Work is focused on the restoration of historic sailing vessels.
Boatyard tuition and services are implemented and supervised by two highly qualified and experienced shipwrights, both of whom have a wealth of experience and an established track record. This includes the restoration of the 1st Class Essex Smack 'Pioneer', for which the skills centre also offers maintenance and an operational base.

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